13 Salmon Family Day Center

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Annual Statistics!

Percentage of families housed:                  89%
Average length of stay:                               38 days
Total number of families housed:                57
(that's more than one a week!)
Total number of adults housed:                   91
Total number of children housed:                108
Total number of individuals housed:            199

Total number of volunteer hours served:        12,691.75
Hours served at Goose Hollow:                     10,718.75
Hours served at Thirteen Salmon:                 1,973
Number of Active Volunteers at end of year:  469
Number of Groups Involved:                           20


Volunteer Opportunities:

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>Thirteen Salmon Family Center
Located at the First Unitarian Church

Opening Host: Monday-Saturday, 8am-11am. The Opening Host arrives at the shelter when it opens to greet guests and facilitate a welcoming atmosphere. Tasks you may do in this position are helping the manager with daily shelter tasks, setting out the morning snack and making coffee, or facilitating kid friendly play and activities to our preschool aged guests.

Lunch Host: Monday-Saturday, 11:00am- 1:00pm. The lunch host will prepare a meal using the food that we have at the shelter for our guests. Lunch Hosts assist families in getting food for their children and help clean up and run the dishwasher after the meal.

Afternoon Host: Monday-Saturday, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Tasks that you might do while volunteering in this position are helping the manager with daily shelter tasks, setting out the afternoon snack, facilitating kid-friendly play and activities, or helping our school aged guests with their homework.

Saturday Class Instructor: Saturdays, 1:00pm. This is a time when volunteers can come teach a class to our guests. This is an opportunity to share your skills with our families - things like cooking, yoga, sewing, or even resume building! Just contact us and let us know your talents!

>Goose Hollow Family Shelter
Located at the First United Methodist Church

Overnight Host: Everyday, 7:30pm-7:30am. Overnight Hosts arrive each evening to greet parents and children, assist families with personal needs, spend the night, and then wake them in the morning for a continental breakfast before they leave for school, work or Thirteen Salmon Family Center. You must be 18 to volunteer for this position without a parent.

Kid Time Host: Everyday, 6:30-9:30pm. Kid Time Hosts volunteers to spend time with the children at the shelter. Kid Time Hosts provide age appropriate play for kids in the shelter both before and after dinner.

Helping Hand: Everyday, 6:30-9:30pm. Helping Hands facilitate a welcoming atmosphere for families as they accompany guests while doing laundry, helping to organize donations, and assisting with special projects.

Meal Provider: Meal providers cook dinner at their homes and bring a cooked meal to the shelter in order for it to be served by 7:00pm.  Meal Providers then serve and enjoy the meal with everyone and clean up.

For additional information, please contact
Matthew Kertman -- 
Volunteer & In-Kind Donations Coordinator

Portland Homeless Family Solutions 


1838 SW Jefferson St.

Portland, OR 97201 


Our Shelter Serves Families Year-Round!